Josh Taylor-Viktor Postol set for June 23 in Glasgow
In what is undoubtedly the toughest test of his career to date, Scotland’s Josh Taylor will face former WBC junior welterweight titleholder Viktor Postol at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, on June 23.
Taylor, who is rated No. 7 by THE RING at 140 pounds, has been on excellent form ahead of this final eliminator for the WBC title. After a breakthrough victory over bitter rival Ohara Davies last July, the quick-fisted southpaw became the first fighter to knock out former lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez in November.
“I can’t wait to get back under those lights,” said Taylor (12-0, 11 knockouts), who is coming off a third-round stoppage of late-replacement Winston Campos in March. “This is definitely my toughest opponent to date, and Viktor Postol should be the perfect test for me at this stage of my career. He’s taken on and beaten some of the best fighters in the world, and I know he’ll be coming here with the hope of spoiling the party.
“To know I’ll be in line for a world title shot if I get the win has really put the fire in my belly, and you can expect to see the best Josh Taylor. The support in Scotland is always phenomenal, and I can’t wait to make it another night to remember for everyone involved.”
The 34-year-old Postol, who is rated No. 3 by THE RING, is a seasoned and skilled operator. The Los Angeles-based Ukrainian has only lost once in 30 outings and that was to two-weight world champion, and pound-for-pound star, Terence Crawford.
“I am very happy to fight in this final eliminator,” said Postol. “Taylor is a tough opponent and he had a good amateur career. He is a hard puncher, as you can see from his pro record, and he changes stances throughout his fights. I will need to be sharp.
“The win in this fight against Josh Taylor will help me to approach my goal of becoming world champion once again. Taylor is a worthy opponent and I am fully focused on this fight. Let the best man win.”
Promoter Barry McGuigan said, “Both men are fresh, full of desire and ready to put it all on the line. This should be a cracker.”
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Information courtesy of a press release by Cyclone Promotions
Tom Gray is Associate Editor for THE RING. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
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